Today, I have author A.G. Kirkham in the interview chair. We are discussing her latest release Reign of Pride, book one in the Dark Reign series, a contemporary mafia romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
AG: Reign of Pride came to me when I realized that you may feel like you are in a situation where you may not be allowed the choice you want. How can we make a life for ourselves in circumstances where we feel powerless.
2. What can we expect from you in the future?
AG: I am currently writing my fourth book in my MC Biker romance, RISK. After that I have my second book in my romance mafia series.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?
AG: Reign of Pride is the Book. Nero was raised knowing that the he would one day take over for his father. He is the second most fear man in his “Famiglia”, the first his father. When it’s time to marry, he knows that he must marry a woman who could rise to the occasion of being a Don’s wife. What he is expected to due vs. what he wants and he wants Felicia.
Felicia is a sweet young thing that has also been raised in the Famiglia and knows that one day she will be married to a good man chosen by her father. Her heart is big and her courage greater, leading her to an unexpected fate. Her reward for her bravery, Nero!
4. Where did you come up with the names in the story?
AG: Nero is the color black and he is the dark side of the couple. Felicia is sweet and a happy woman. Her name is happy and festive.
5. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
AG: I loved writing the connection within the family and the struggle finding balance between the light and the dark sides of their lives.
6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
AG: Not at all! I write with my heart and this is where it led.
7. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
AG: In Reign of Pride – Henry Cavill
8. Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
AG: Life is precious, lead it your way.
9. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
AG: I would spend the day with the character from my first book Guard. He is still a very secretive man and I would be spending my day exploring his world.
10. Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
AG: Of course we are influenced by the people we know and there are certain traits I see in those around, however, mostly they are people I want to be with and get to know.
Title: Reign of Pride
Series: Dark Reign Book 1
Author: A.G. Kirkham
Genre: Contemporary Mafia Romance
Blurb: Nero was born and raised to take over “La Famiglia”. It is his destiny. Along with this power comes traditions, one being marrying a dutiful wife to have dutiful babies and raise them to respect the ways of the family. It is a severe handicap to fall in love. Enemies take those you love and use them to their advantage. Can Nero resist the youth and charm of Felicia or will she be the downfall of his destiny? Can he lose all he desires by letting his heart rule instead of his head?
Felicia always knew that she would be promised in marriage, but was assured by her father that her future husband would be a man that she could fall in love with and would love her in return. Instead, when an attack hits the school, Felicia grabs her friend’s hand and they run for their lives. Her quick thinking saved them both and her reward, Nero. Felicia understands tradition and the ways of the Famiglia but was not prepared to marry the next Capo. How does she make a man made of ice fall in love with her?
“It was my honor to be of assistance,” I said quietly.
“Felicia, we are aware that you could have run off and left Grazia behind. She told us how you wouldn’t give up and dragged her along all the way. My daughter has never been in a situation where she had cause to worry and she would have been taken, and God only knows what else would have happened had you not taken control,” the capo continued. “I understand that you have never been in such a situation either. You showed great ability. We are proud to have you in our famiglia. It is due to your great bravery that I would like to gift you with one of my greatest treasures.”
“Thank you, Mr. Moretti, but that’s not necessary. I was glad I was able to help.”
“A gift cannot be refused, my dear,” Marco eyes spoke louder than words.
I looked at my father for guidance.
My father nodded at me, then said, “Capo, it is with great respect that we accept your gift. Felicia just wants impress that she is not expecting one,” Dad took my hand reassuringly.
I nodded, hoping I wasn’t insulting him and causing problems for my father.
“Nero and I have discussed this at great length,” Marco said. He then turned his attention to me. “My gift to you is a strong, handsome, husband. Your future will be secure. I have given this considerable thought.”
I was stunned into silence. I blinked, not sure what to say. I was afraid to say anything. When I glanced in Dad’s direction, I saw that he was as surprised as I was. I took a few deep breaths. I cleared my throat and uttered, “Who? Who do you have in mind?” My hands were clasped tightly in my lap and I could feel Dad tense beside me.
Nero cleared his throat then said the one word that decided my entire future. “Me.”
I was born in a small town in Italy. My parents are loving people; and true traditionalists. I grew up being a chatterbox of a child and evolved into a quiet and shy teenager. I was definitely not the life of the party. As a matter of fact, I never wanted to go to any high school dances or any activities the school offered. I was good with being alone. I had to grow into my own and I eventually became the fun loving, open-minded and creative person I am now. I love the ‘me’ I have become and I am grateful that this is where I have landed.
Writing is my release and I have escaped in my imagination to some incredible places meeting the most awesome characters. I also wanted to be a rock star but anyone who has ever heard me sing kindly convinced me that I do not have any talent. (In other words, I suck at it.)
Although I have been writing since I was in grade school, and I am a hopeless romantic.
Why I write romance? I thrive on two individuals connecting in mind, body and soul. The understanding of wants and needs and placing them as a priority and not out of fear of losing them or because you feel you need to concede; you do it because it feels easy and right in your own heart.
My other passion is cooking! I enjoy making meals for my family and friends and bantering around the table. I have colourful people in my life and they all add to my rainbow. I love music! I like it all, depending on my mood.
And lastly, I love to travel. I want to enjoy all that life has to offer. I want to meet people, learn from them and create the most fantastic, sexy love stories. If I can do this overlooking the ocean and feeling the breeze wash over me then I have my heaven on earth.
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